Well, it didn’t fall, that would have hurt. But I finally got to see the Procession Panel. Our intrepid group of gawkers headed up the very same canyon I’ve gone up three times before. This time we had a book that gave route information. It was a little better than the books I had earlier that gave route information. Add to that a couple of discussions with friends about how I went wrong on the quest and we found it.

What an interesting panel! Almost 180 teeny little figures marching along, guided by Shamans (the ones with the shepherd’s crooks). They seem to be either converging on or emanating from one point heading in three directions. Add to that the animals, an elk, (I think) and a rattlesnake (I think), and you’ve got a seriously fascinating set of petroglyphs. Take a look.

Dozens of figures walking along the trail. Below them is what I take to be a rattlesnake. It has fangs on the right side.

Procession Panel 1

Procession Panel 1

More marchers, heading to…

Procession Panel 2

Procession Panel 2

And yet more marchers walking across the top of an elk. I presume it’s an elk because of the horns.

Procession Panel 3

Procession Panel 3

It was a satisfying find and I’m glad we got there.

Today the rest of the gang headed for Laramie, leaving me and Nick to do some more exploring. We went to Hovenweep today and gawked at the ruins. We also did some pretty serious archaeology and figured out pretty much everything about the ruins, their construction and their purpose. At least everything we could make up on the spur of the moment.

 

More to follow.

Bob